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Re: The Criterion Collection
« Reply #1840 on: Today at 02:12:10 PM »
Is the new Criterion streaming service using HTML5 for web streaming? If I bought it, I'd only be able to watch on PC and Filmstruck for whatever reason used flash which is obsolete now.

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Re: The Criterion Collection
« Reply #1841 on: Today at 02:18:18 PM »
There's nothing on the criterion channel website about whether the service will be usable on roku or chromecast. Just that to use it on smart tv you can log into a web browser (yikes), and that that might work. So, you're supposed to watch all these great movies on your laptop?

I was going to ask about it on fb or twitter, but they aren't engaging user questions on social media.

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Re: The Criterion Collection
« Reply #1842 on: Today at 02:40:59 PM »
I've got a decent monitor hooked up to my PC.

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Re: The Criterion Collection
« Reply #1843 on: Today at 03:21:11 PM »
From the website: The Criterion Channel will launch April 8 in the U.S. and Canada and will be available on desktop, Apple TV, Amazon Fire, Roku, iOS, and Android devices.
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Re: The Criterion Collection
« Reply #1844 on: Today at 05:39:11 PM »
Ok, I see now that you can tab over on the front page and it says that, but I am concerned about it not being its own app. The current watching faq doesn't mention stick streaming services. Well, actually, the page loads with links to questions about chromecast, roku, etc, but quickly reloads to hide those questions. I worked at it for awhile and managed to click onto the roku question, which says that you watch movies from the criterion channel library on the VHX app. A friend clicked through to the hidden chromecast link and got the VHX message too, or that you can watch from the website on your computer and cast it up to the tv.

The channel's social media posts have a lot of people talking about problems that they're having streaming the movie of the week, and I didn't see replies to questions on their posts on facebook or twitter.

I think the announced line-up of films is really great. Lots of stuff that I've had a hard time getting ahold of. But I'm worried about a service that doesn't have a dedicated app, doesn't seem to be addressing user questions, and is already getting a lot of comments saying that playback stops or getting DRM messages saying content cannot be played.

Many of the comments I saw on the FB launch message were about having DRM problems. The DRM faq says that

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DRM-protected content will not work on the following:

    Chromecast devices
    AirPlay
    Chromebooks
    XBox One
    Some older models of Amazon Fire TV
    All VHX apps (Roku, Android, iOS)

Again, I want this service to work, but I'm going to wait until after launch to sign up. I'm not going to be watching these movies on my laptop. I'll take the extra $10 for the annual service to see if it's actually working.